New England Golf Rounds Up 53% in October, 13.5% for Year

Golf rounds in New England were up 53% in October of 2020 compared to last year at this time. 

For the year, golf rounds are up 13.5% in New England, despite a pandemic that has swept the region, according to the latest monthly report from Golf Datatech. 

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On a national level, golf rounds jumped by 32.2% in October over a year ago. 

“October marked the fifth straight month that play has been up year-over-year in every state in the continental U.S. and continues a streak of ascending monthly increases. June was up 14% YOY, followed by increases of approximately 20% in July, 21% in August and 26% in September,” writes the National Golf Foundation (NGF). 

According to NGF, October’s year-over-year increase was the biggest this year, percentage-wise, and represents just over 11 million additional rounds for the month than in 2019. 

Since June, the surges translate to more than 50 million incremental rounds.

According to Golf Datatech, the golf industry lost approximately 20 million rounds in the spring due to the coronavirus. 

Last Rounds Played Rise 

The last rounds-played increase of 5% or more for a full year was in 2012, when an early-season heatwave contributed to a major uptick in play in parts of the country typically still in their offseason. 

This year, the industry faced a -16% deficit in play at the start of May before unprecedented surges in rounds nationwide.

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